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Here is the magical legend of King Arthur vividly retold The Mists PDFEPUB or through the eye. In 2007 I joined Goodreads and wrote reviews of some of the books that had most transformed me as a reader I have since over the years taken an absurd amount of geek pride that my review of this book is I think the most popular one And for everyone writing GET OVER YOURSELF in the comments as a response to my using my own little corner of the internet to tell a story about how my life as a writer and a Catholic and a woman was shaped by this book there were a dozen other women responding OH MY GOD ARE YOU ME I love that I love this weird little internet mini community we ve built out of being weirdo outcast girls who felt inspired and empowered by this book about a weirdo outcast girl who becomes a raging badass And then today I read this this this this about twenty Every consumer of art gets to decide for themselves how much the life of the artist matters to them Sometimes brilliant creative geniuses are assholes Sometimes they re criminals Sometimes that makes a difference to how you read their work Sometimes it doesn t The words of twenty six year old me pouring forth my passionate love for MZB s words remain untouched and unedited below Because that story of how I fell in love with that book as a child is still a true story I haven t decided whether I will re read this book again whether I will keep it or get rid of it knowing the things I know now about the woman who wrote it And I m not telling you what you should do But MZB s daughter says out loud not only that her mother abused her but that part of the reason she hid that abuse was because of MZB s status in the SFF community as a champion of women Because she didn t think anyone would believe her Because this is an important feminist work Because her mother s fans would be angry at her for accusing their icon of such horrors And I won t be complicit in that Claire Willett June 27 2014ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOWYou have to be a particular kind of girl to fall in love with this book the way I did You have to be in the sixth grade a freakishly precocious reader whose beloved sixth grade teacher brings a box of her ten favorite books to class and sets them up on the chalkboard and leaves them there for weeks for you to look at including one HUGE book that looks like it s a billion pages long with some cool fairy priestess chick on a horse on the cover You have to have grown up reading King Arthur stories and LOVE the movie The Sword In the Stone You have to be so hopelessly nerdy that you would rather sit on the side of the playground reading than play kickball never mind how much the other kids make fun of you about it You have to be Catholic enough to understand the mentality of the occasionally hateful Christian characters in the book as well as to be baffled and perplexed by all the sexuality which will make a number of plot elements only make sense to you when you re read the book as a college student and go Ohhhhh Now I get it You have to be the kind of girl who loves and relates to the plain outcast Morgaine who is treated as a freak has to learn how to rely on herself alone You have to hate the shallow blonde princesses even when they seem like they might be kind of nice people and always root for the feisty brunette You have to be a fantasy geek who LOVES any book with swordfighting magic princesses and doomed romance You have to be patient enough to read 800 pages that cover one woman s entire lifetime from before her birth to old old age You have to come to the end of the book and secretly wish that despite your religious conviction in your Catholic upbringing Britain had never been Christianized and we were all still witches You have to secretly wish you belonged to a mystical female cult where you had to have a blue crescent moon tattooed on your forehead You have to wish you knew how to ride a horse in a dress and look majestic instead of falling off every time you were forced onto a horse at camp or on vacation and now you hate them and they scare you

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The Mists of Avalon

S and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne A spellbinding novel an ext. OK I admit when I told my college Arthurian Lit professor that I d read and enjoyed this book he proceeded to give me a uick before the next class comes in lecture about how Marion Zimmer Bradley s interpretation skewed wildly from the genreBut I don t care It s a difficult book long and utterly depressing but it takes the first in depth look at both women and the pagan Celtic religion of Britain which Christianity usurped around that time Evil sorceress Morgan Le Fay is transfered into multi faceted Morgaine a woman deeply committed to her family especially her aunt Viviane half brother Arthur and cousin Lancelet Gwenhyfar the simpering Christian princess was my least favorite but even she had some complexity an unhappy childhood inferiority complex made worse by her bareness and obvious jealousy issues with Morgaine concerning the womens relationships with Arthur and Lancelet Perhaps the most dour of Morgaine s familial ties is that with her son Mordred the illigitimate heir of her brother whom she foolishly put up with her aunt Morgause easily the most shallow and greedy woman in the entire bookReligion wise I found it impossible not to root for Morgaine s Avalon not only because I knew it was destined to recede into the mists but because it was matriarchal and so much comforting to me than the expansionalist narrow minded and mysoginistic version of Christianity prevalent during those times At the end Morgaine herslf shows the most tolerance and versatility for diverse cultures she outlives most everyone else and grows to accept that her mother goddess is now worshipped as the virgin mary uite the contrast from the crone like Morgan Le Fay whose only purpose is to destroy the kingdom of Camelot

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Raordinary literary achievement THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to com. Y all need to tell me when I start reading a book by a child rapist At least I only made it 85 pages before figuring out this was that author warning the later paragraphs of this post turn homophobic


10 thoughts on “The Mists of Avalon

  1. says:

    In 2007 I joined Goodreads and wrote reviews of some of the books that had most transformed me as a reader I have since over the years taken an absurd amount of geek pride that my review of this book is I think t

  2. says:

    Good lord I haven't ever hated a book as much as this oneI picked up The Mists of Avalon because I really love Nordic myths and usually any stories about King Arthur Everyone seems to adore this book; even my librarian told me that this was a really good Arthurian tale Well it's not It's horribleFirst let me say

  3. says:

    My final book of 2017 I did not think I would finish it before the end of the year I started it back on October 1st and it was slow going I often found myself not reading it for days at a time It really wasn’t capturing my interest But with a

  4. says:

    Hmmm I would like to see the mini series to this book I felt it was a good book although it did get boring at times or maybe it was

  5. says:

    This is my favourite book about the Arthurian legend and I have read possibly than I can remember Marion Zimmer Bradley succeeded in breathing new life into the Arthurian saga and at the same time she didn't step too far away from the spirit of it Placing the emphasis on the fascinating female characters that s

  6. says:

    OK I admit when I told my college Arthurian Lit professor that I'd read and enjoyed this book he proceeded to give me a uick before the next class comes in lecture about how Marion Zimmer Bradley's interpretation skewed wildly from the genreBut I don't care It's a difficult book long and utterly depressing but it takes the first in depth look at both women and the pagan Celtic religion of Britain which Christianity usurped around

  7. says:

    Y'all need to tell me when I start reading a book by a child rapist At least I only made it 85 pages before figuring out this was tha

  8. says:

    The Arthur myth from the point of view of Morgaine le Fay pagan priestess Supposedly a feminist take on the old legends There is one main proble

  9. says:

    My favorite fantasy novel written by a serial rapist and child abuser Now that I think about it I'm interested to remember that the person who recommended it to me was also a big fan of Nietzsche

  10. says:

    This is one of the few books that I hate I'm a feminist and I love King Arthur stories and The Mists of Avalon makes me vaguely nauseous I read the whole thing hoping it would get better and it didn't though there are a few good bits Overall I found it offensive to the Arthurian legends to history and to women and being a 15 year old girl who liked fantasy novels did nothing to change this opinion